Best 45 ACP Ammo For Sale in 2018

The best 45 ACP ammunition for sale in 2018

Best .45 ACP Ammo For Sale in 2018

Did you think bullet technology stopped with the 230gr Full Metal Jacket hollow point? Well take a seat, we got some cool shit to show you…

Now you still might opt for tried and trusted hollow points for self-defense ammo at the end of the day as they have been tested time and again and you don’t have any issues with over-penetration or failure to feed.

But there are some new bullets, ripper bullets and other tech, that have been proven effective.

This is not fringe junk anymore. These are proven steps forward in self-defense ammo, but they largely come at a price premium, or with other costs like long-distance accuracy that you have to factor into your thinking.

Interestingly, the personal defense bullets are getting lighter on the whole. What does this mean? Well it certainly makes a case for using a 9mm handgun instead of a 45 ACP. But that’s a debate for another day…

If you’re thinking about bullet technology and new ballistics, then the best thing to do is get a sampler pack of the best ammo online, hit the range and see the impact it has on your gun, your shooting and the targets.

Don’t Shoot Paper With These Specialist Bullets

See if you can access some basic ballistics gel, or something else, and have fun.

If you can, get an outdoor range and go to the local butchers before you head out.

Explain this meat is not for eating, it’s for blowing the shit out of while you test ammo for self-defense. You might get a special deal on some old stock that is about to go to the trash or a random pig’s head.

It’s pretty grim, I know, but it’s pretty much the best way to see the impact of specialist ammunition like this. Paper targets are a waste.

You will be amazed at the difference some of the best .45 ACP ammunition for sale in 2018 can make. Try them, see for yourself and prepare to be blown away. Well, no, but you know what we mean…

Take a look at the best .45 ACP 1911s for sale for $1000 when you’re done here too! If you’re getting the best bullets, you might as well get a new firearm to keep them in.

If you’re looking for a 45 ACP handgun for concealed carry, then we got you covered as well. Check out our list of the best .45 ACP CCW guns here.

Now, back to the vicious bullets…

LeHigh Xtreme Defense 45 ACP for sale

1. LeHigh Defense Xtreme Defense

  • Price: $0.96/round
  • Pack price: $47.99/50 Rounds
  • Weight: 120gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 465
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1,350fps
  • Bullet Type: Fluid Monolithic

Get ready for a LeHigh Defense Xtreme Defense love-in. This is the evolution of the Xtreme Penetrator, which has a fantastic name and is also a pretty special bullet, and that features on this list too.

You can feel the additional power in the gun, and the target if you get creative. You can search Youtube yourself for people blowing the crap out of gel and meat with LeHigh Defense Xtreme Defense and Xtreme Penetrator.

Here it is branded as Underwood, but it’s the same basic bullet.

This self-defense ammo has all the clever tech of the Xtreme Defense flutes at the front that keep the bullet straight and true. It doesn’t rely on expansion like a traditional hollow point.

Instead the flutes create impact points and effectively a hydraulic shock through the system. hat consistently provides a wound cavity 2-4 times as large as the benchmark 45 ACP ammo and a vicious spiral to the cavity that looks, well it looks bad.

This is ammo for self-defense and it really doesn’t care about the other guy. Make your peace with that before you load it into the magazine, because you can’t hesitate when it comes time to pull the trigger.

The company claims the 120gr Xtreme Defense provides the same Permanent Wound Cavity as an AR-15 round. Having seen the tests and done our own, we have no reason to doubt it. Maybe this is the missing link that turns your 1911 into a hunting handgun.

Think about that for a second, though, a 120gr, low recoil .45 ACP that can basically hold its own against an AR-15 when it comes to wrecking shit.

Fluid Transfer Monolithic is a very polite term for a savage projectile that creates a bow wave of damage as it rips through everything short of actual body armor.

We’d need to see it bounce off an armor plate to truly believe even that. This round turns your 45 ACP handgun into an absolute cannon. It gives you more force, much more, it’s really that simple.

LeHigh Defense worked with Castle Hills Ammunition to a point, but it has now gone its own way with a vast range of advanced .45 ACP ammuniton, and every other caliber. We love the work it has done and the price point, compared to the opposition.

It also looks clean. The design is more cohesive. It looks like it should be effective, and it just is. It’s all about velocity, but it’s a beast.

We think it’s viable as self-defense ammunition at this price and the evolution of the Xtreme Defense deals with one of the lingering concerns with the Xtreme Penetrator: over-penetration.

This is a pure self-defense round, designed for close range. It’s a sledgehammer of a basic bullet and then it comes with a real sting in the tail with the hydraulic shockwave ripping through whatever it just hit. Is it the best .45 ACP ammo for sale in 2018? It just might be…

Get some and see for yourself.

Hornady Critical Duty 45 ACP Flexlock

2. Hornady Critical Duty 45 Flexlock P+

  • Price: $0.92/round
  • Pack price: $47.99/50 Rounds
  • Weight: 220gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 464
  • Muzzle Velocity: 975fps
  • Bullet Type: Full Metal Jacket Hollow Point

At its core, the Hornady Critical Duty 45 Flexlock is really a 220gr hollow point that is an evolution of the Critical Defense Full Metal Jacket. So what’s different? That blob of resin holding the tip together and giving the bullet streamlined flight and improved expansion.

This is a bullet that has evolved from the Critical Defense to meet the exacting demands of Law Enforcement agencies that include the FBI.

So, if you’re looking for a safe bet, the best-selling 45 ACP ammo that gets the royal seal of American law enforcement approval, then this is it.

Is it as revolutionary as the LeHigh Defense or the Honey Badger? Hell no, but that means millions of these have been sent downstream and they’re a total known quantity. In a self-defense weapon, that has serious value…

The InterLock band keeps the bullet and the core together for maximum weight and maximum impact. It’s designed for maximum damage, not high penetration, and you can see how effective the bullet is at expanding and tumbling here.

Also, that’s a seriously pretty custom Kimber Warrior, similar to the gun in John Wick 2, while we’re talking about this.

We approve of the gun and you can find some other great 1911s for sale here. But back to the Hornady Critical Duty…

G2 Research RIP 45 CP For Sale

3. G2 Research RIP 45 ACP

  • Price: $2.33/round
  • Pack price: $46.60/20 Rounds
  • Weight: 162gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 464
  • Muzzle Velocity: 975fps
  • Bullet Type: Full Metal Jacket Frangible

OK so the price is insane, but this truly is a work of art. A horrible, dark, unsettling piece of art, but that counts too.

Basically the hollow-point type front end is designed to break apart on impact with soft tissue. So the bullet doesn’t mushroom out and tumble. Instead it fires 8 trocars of pure copper shrapnel off in every direction and you just have to see what it does to the gel in the video below to truly comprehend the evil genius behind this round.

There’s still a solid, tumbling bullet, but it’s joined by this arsenal of knives. The bullet turns into a mini pipe bomb once it hits flesh and there’s no doubt the results would be devastating.

It’s a bullet that is designed to maim and kill. Even a leg shot would be a heinous mess with all that shrapnel ripping muscle to shreds and threatening to sever blood vessels. It would be a mess, and that means it’s actually kind of limited to home defense.

The last line of home defense, seriously..

It would turn your concealed carry handgun into a weapon of mass destruction, but that isn’t always a good thing.

You just can’t go round pumping this stuff into people without facing some consequences at some point.

See for yourself…

Honey Badger 45 ACP 135gr FTM ammo for sale

4. Castle Hill Ammunition Honey Badger

  • Price: $1.46/round
  • Pack Price: $29.16/20 rounds
  • Weight: 135gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 526
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1325fps:
  • Bullet Type: Fluid Transfer Monolithic

This could well be the best 45 ACP round on the planet right now. It’s too expensive, disproportionately so, and we struggle to justify the price difference based on the reasons we’ll get to in a moment.

But if you try the 45 ACP Honey Badger, love them and don’t want to trust your CCW with anything else, then they would be cheap at twice the price.

The weight is not a typo. This is a lightweight bullet that you’d expect to find in a 9mm range, but here it is in the heavyweight of the ammunition line up and I have to admit I’m not sure that the inherent advantages of this bullet completely make up for the lack of pure mass.

It’s a high velocity round that generates its force through speed rather than mass. That does bring up the overpenetration debate, but Castle Hill Ammunition has achieved stellar user reviews online and these bullets have been tested in pretty much every grotesque way known to man, as well as the traditional gel tests.

There aren’t many people with a bad word to say about Honey Badger ammunition online, so take from that anecdotal evidence what you will.

This bullet is an oddity, which is why people love it. Us too, we’re not afraid to admit it!

Essentially, this bullet does not rely on expansion. Like the LeHigh Defense bullet that was partially developed in collaboration with Black Hills Ammunition, it relies on those crude looking vanes out front creating a shockwave as the bullet enters soft tissue or gel.

If it looks like a half-ass ripper bullet, then look again and you’ll start to see there’s actual tech here. Check out the 44 Magnum round here:

The results make for pretty intimidating viewing to be honest and the design tweaks that define the Honey Badger vs Xtreme Penetrator battle are all about building pressure at the front of the bullet that offers an alternative to a hollow point. Is it better?

It seems to be is the honest answer, but inevitably it hasn’t been as thoroughly field-tested as hollow points and some questions inevitably linger.

So far, everything looks good apart from the price, which truly is difficult to justify when the Xtreme Defense offers more or less the same tech for much less money. Still, you should try some 45 ACP Honey Badger at least once. You never know, you might really like it.

Federal Guard Dog 45 ACP ammo for sale online

5. Federal Guard Dog

  • Price: $2.02/round
  • Pack price: $40.45/20 Rounds
  • Weight: 165gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 476
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1140fps
  • Bullet Type: Full Metal Jacket Ammo

This is a different kind of expansion. The lightweight Federal Guard Dog basically pancakes on entry, creating a series of sharp edges and a blade that effectively cuts through soft tissue.

You have to see it to truly believe it, so here’s the explainer video for this Full Metal Jacket monstrosity.

The Federal Guard Dog is an absolute save of a 45 ACP full metal jacket for sale online, but the price is kind of mindblowing too. That said, this is very serious self-defense ammunition and if you’re firing more than 50 rounds in anger over the course of the year then you’re either in a very dangerous profession or you need to make some lifestyle changes.

If you’re a cop, look for bulk ammo deals online, this isn’t for you. If you only get into gunfights a few times a year then this 45 ACP ammo might be a viable option.

Inceptor ARX Preferred Defense 45 ACP for sale

6. Inceptor Preferred Defense Ammo 45 ARX

  • Price: $1.05/Round
  • Pack Price: $20.99/20 Rounds
  • Weight: 200gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 448
  • Muzzle Velocity: 860fps
  • Bullet Type: Fluid Transfer Monolithic

Here comes the scientific terms again, hydraulic displacement is a pretty sanitary way to say this Full Metal Jacket sends a tidal wave through your body when it hits you. A small scale tidal wave, sure, but probably just as deadly.

Essentially the bullet tip creates a Venturi Effect, which grabs at the soft tissue, twists it and then ejects it. Unlike the LeHigh Defense option, this bullet is designed to tumble in the soft tissue and that contributes to a wound cavity that the company claims is double the size of a normal 45 ACP Hollow Point.

It’s expensive, it looks like a slightly less finished version of the Xtreme Defense and that’s why it’s down the list. It’s interesting ammunition, but it’s not quite as refined as the best 45 ACP ammunition for sale in 2018.

It’s also a serious lightweight at 118gr and I wonder if that’s really the optimum for the 45 ACP or it’s a catch-all design that can be used for a variety of calibers, including the money-spinning 9mm personal defense category. That’s what I suspect in a few cases here, to be honest, because it seems like they’ve given up the weight advantage of the 45 ACP ammo up too easily.

Velocity is an interesting alternative to pure mass and it shows the gap between the 9mm and 45 ACP closing even further in the real world. But some people want real horsepower, and stopping power, and that can take weight.

Still, if you’re hitting the backyard range with your 45 ACP 1911 and a weird pig head, then you might be surprised by this different take on the LeHigh style of bullet. It might surprise you.

CCI Speer Shotshell 45 ACP For Sale

7. CCI Speer Shotshells

  • Price: $1.25/Round
  • Pack Price: $12.50/10 Rounds
  • Weight: 117gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 322
  • Muzzle Velocity: 1100fps
  • Bullet Type: Fluid Transfer Monolithic

Now it’s cool you can turn an old 45 ACP into an impromptu shotgun, if you have problems with snakes or other vermin. This really has forged a reputation as a specialist snake pellet in Copperhead and Rattlesnake country and it’s effective to 10 feet.

This really isn’t a self-defense ammo in the traditional sense. If you’ve got two legged varmints then you should invest in one of these mag-fed shotguns.

This really is just a snake gun cartridge. You can do the same job with the 22LR version, or the 9mm version, and you really don’t feel the benefit of the 45 ACP bullet, which is some of the hardest hitting ammo on the market.

This is a spectacular cartridge for one specific job, and that’s it. But if you’re in Copperhead or Rattlesnake country, then this could be an essential addition to your gun safe.

You might also want to throw one of these new breed of shotguns in there too.

LeHigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator

8. LeHigh Defense Xtreme Penetrator

  • Price: $1.00/Round
  • Pack Price: $49.99/50 Rounds
  • Weight: 245gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 465
  • Muzzle Velocity: 905fps
  • Bullet Type: Fluid Transfer Monolithic

Imagine the weight of a 45 ACP hollow point, combined with the cutting power of the LeHigh Defense FTM system. Well, of course, it’s here in the Xtreme Penetrator.

We love that name. We don’t think we’re ever going to get tired of laughing at it, so sorry for that in advance…

This is the solid brass bullet designed to cut through barriers and produce a wound cavity that should comfortably match an AR-15 at close range. Think about that one.

Over penetration could be an issue, which is why LeHigh Defense developed the Xtreme Defense as its purpose-built self-defense ammo. Apart from that, this is a wicked bad bullet that you should buy and enjoy.

If you want to use it for your concealed carry when even the company that makes it wants to give you a better option, that’s just a bad decision. Go with the Xtreme Defense, but get some Xtreme Penetrator, share a picture of the box on Facebook (You know you’re going to) and enjoy blasting the crap out of your chosen target.

It’s a fearsome round when you hit its window, and the wound channel is pretty badass to be honest.

9. Sig Sauer Elite Performance V Crown

  • Price: $1.12/Round
  • Pack Price: $22.44/20 Rounds
  • Weight: 230gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 450
  • Muzzle Velocity: 830fps
  • Bullet Type: Fluid Transfer Monolithic

Sig Sauer got into the high-tech ammunition game lately and the Sig Sauer Elite 45 ACP 230 grain hollow point holds its own against most of the bullets here. It’s cheaper than some of the big names, too, so throw some of this in your order and see how it stacks up.

Now this 45 ACP ammo isn’t quite a match  for the LeHigh Defense when it comes to pure impact and damage, but it’s close.

Check this super slow-mo video of the ballistic gel tests and tell me this is weak self-defense ammo…

Sig Sauer opted for a more conservative, better value bullet that isn’t as extreme as the G2 RIP or the LeHigh Defense. There is a place for bullets like that in most people’s collections too.

These Sig Sauer Elite Performance are a step up from the

Speer Gold Dot 45 ACP ammunition

10. CCI Speer Gold Dot

  • Price: $1.45/Round
  • Pack Price: $29.04/20 Rounds
  • Weight: 230gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 343
  • Muzzle Velocity: 820fps
  • Bullet Type: FMJ Hollow Point

OK, it’s a 45 ACP 230 grain hollow point, exactly the kind of bullet we were telling you we were going to improve upon.

The thing is,. the CCI Speer Gold Dot is a really strong full metal jacket clad hollow point. It’s one of the best on the market right now and it’s a secret weapon for some connoisseurs and some law enforcement agents that prefer the additional stopping power of the 45 ACP.

Try it against Hornady Critical Duty and Horrnady Critical Defense and it could well become your favorite self-defense 45 ACP ammo.

CCI Speer Gold Dot is designed to go through barriers and provide utter uniformity from round to round. It’s an expensive luxury, but then it is considered one of the finest 45 ACP bullets on the open market.

Federal HST, some of the best 45 ACP ammo for self-defense

11. Federal HST

  • Price: $1.19/Round
  • Pack Price: $23.89/20 Rounds
  • Weight: 230gr
  • Muzzle Energy: 404
  • Muzzle Velocity: 890fps
  • Bullet Type: FMJ Hollow Point

The Federal HST is a 230 grain projectile that goes beyond simple hollowpoints.

Look at the expansion in the image. It’s perfectly uniform and the bullet has splayed out like a flower, complete with sharp rides down the center of these lethal petals that help this personal defense ammo inflict even more damage,

It is approved for use by pretty much every major law enforcement agency and military units in the US, and it’s easy to see why. This is ammo for self-defense that you can rely on to perform perfectly, as prescribed, each and every time.

12. Bulk Deals – Names To Watch Out For

There is nothing wrong with looking for cheap deals online on 45 ACP ammunition, but make sure you don’t buy junk. If you are prepared to pay the inherent sacrifice of reduced capacity and increased recoil in the name of a bigger impact, then make it count.

Bullets to look out for include the Golden Saber, Winchester Ranger, Hornady, American Eagle and of course any of the stars on this list. When you’re looking for the best 45 ACP ammo for self-defense online, we have a few places you might want to start.

Brownells is consistently voted the best online gun dealer, with good reason. The stock list is immense, the customer service is second to none and they have some great sale prices. So if you’re looking for bulk ammo deals online, it’s a good place to start.

We have a couple of other places for you to get your fix of Winchester Ranger, American Eagle, Hornady Critical Defense and Golden Saber too.

Get the best prices on 45 ACP ammo for self-defense at Brownells. 

Cheap 45 ACP self-defense ammunition at Brownells

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